Sometimes it’s not an option to repaint a classic or muscle car.   It might be cost prohibitive, or the car might be wearing original paint that is not completely worn away.   In this video, we show some techniques to revive faded or original paint using polishing techniques, using a 1966 Ford Mustang GT 289 and a 1963 Imperial Crown convertible as our examples.  

The process  Is often called “cutting and buffing” and can start with wet sanding with a very fine grit of sandpaper, like 1000 grit or even finer. The process is repeated with finer and finer grits of sandpaper, reaching 2500 or even up to 5000 grit. This process removes heavier dust and debris contaminants, and also helps level the paint.

In our two examples, we did not wish to use a sanding process, and decided to go straight to polishing. There are various types of polishing pads, with more aggressive wool or foam pads used for cutting, and finer foam pads used for polishing. There are also various compounds which again use a different abrasive to achieve their goals.

Both the 1966 Ford Mustang and the 1963 Imperial Crown convertible responded very well to polishing techniques. The Mustang had been repainted in the past, and suffered largely from stained, faded, and dull paint. The Imperial, on the other hand, was wearing its original paint, so we had to be conservative on our approach as we did not burn or damage the brittle original finish.

In the end, both cars improved drastically and benefited from the polishing exercise done at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. Today, they are both shiny and respectable-looking, without the time and investment of a complete repaint.

If you have a car with dead paint, we are happy to chat about performing this process for you.   You can reach us at https://www.v8speedshop.com/contact today!

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Transformation at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in preparation for a major facelift.   Plans include a Superbird conversion and a late-model Hemi engine swap backed by a 6-speed manual transmission!  Of course, the front and rear suspension systems will be upgraded to match.   The V8 Team is extremely excited to bring this car to the next level!    Read More to see the photos and videos!

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1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Restomod Upgrades at V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV

This clean 1967 Chevy II Nova came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop in need of some mechanical help, and our crew performed a lot of upgrades and repairs to this cool yellow cruiser.

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1968 Chevrolet El Camino Bodywork And Paint at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This very cool 1968 Chevrolet El Camino is a real, numbers-matching L78 396 SS with a Muncie M22 4-speed.  These are very rare 375 HP engines, found in only 393 ’68 ElCaminos new.  It came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop looking to be straightened out and to look like it did when new.   

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1979 Pontiac Trans Am LS3 and Supercharger Upgrades at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This clean 1979 Pontiac Trans Am came to the V8 speed and Resto shop in need of some major performance upgrades. The car was born with an anemic Oldsmobile 403 V8 engine coupled to a 3 speed automatic transmission. We did an initial dyno run to find it only made 168 horsepower at the rear wheels, which might have been okay for 1979, but definitely not cool for today. The answer to this problem lies in the form of a Edelbrock supercharged Chevrolet performance LS3 V8 backed by a 6-speed T56 Magnum transmission.

The car has already had some suspension upgrades with some cool parts from Hotchkiss, but we are going to install the new Powertrain and dial-in the suspension to make sure the car handles all that Newfound supercharged power. The E Force supercharger relies on an upgraded camshaft from Comp Cams, and is capable of making over 800 horsepower running on E85 fuel. We will be sharing complete build and final dyno videos of this car once the transformation is complete.

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1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible Engine Restoration at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This beautiful 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible was restored a few years ago, and is a really clean car.   It is powered by a 428 Cobra Jet backed by a 4-speed transmission, but the engine doesn’t run as it should, so our team at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop will be doing some diagnostics to see what’s up with the Cobra Jet.   Follow along to see the progress! 

 

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Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals 2020 From The Brothers Collection

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2020 SEMA Awards Lead

The world was thrown a curve ball during the 2020 pandemic, but that did not stop the Specialty Equipment Market Association from celebrating their Hall Of Fame inductees, innovators, and 2020 SEMA Award winners. This time, the Awards Ceremony was broadcast on what would have been the Thursday night of the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by motorsports announcer Jared DeAnda and V8TV’s Kevin Oeste.

2020 SEMA AWARDS CELEBRATION

SEMA 360 NewProducts Lead

Join Kevin Oeste as he announces the winners of the New Products Awards for the SEMA360. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in the development of products that enhance the performance, styling, comfort, convenience and safety of cars, trucks and SUVs. This year, the products and awards are presented online through SEMA360, the online event that is making it possible for auto parts manufacturers to connect with professional buyers from throughout the world.

Products are judged in 16 award categories, with one winner and two runners-up in each category. The top products are:

Collision Repair & Refinish Product
Winner: adasTHINK, adasTHINK
Runner Up: CollisionRepairTools.com, FAN™ 220 MIG / MAG / Brazing welder
Runner Up: P&S Detail Products, Iron Buster Wheel Decon

Engineered New Product
Winner: AEM Performance Electronics, VCU300 EV Control Unit
Runner Up: QA1, New 3″ MOD Series Shocks

Exterior Accessory Product
Winner: Curt Group, Tri-ball Universal Coupler Lock
Runner Up: Go Rhino Big Country Truck Accessories, SRM 500 Roof Rack
Runner Up: TrailFX, Roof Rack for JEEP(R) JL

Interior Accessory Product
Winner: Speedway Motors, Omega Avant 6 Gauge Set Electric
Runner Up: T.V.K. Industries, Inc., SURESHIFTER
Runner Up: Dometic, Dometic CCF-T Center Console Refrigerator

Merchandising Display
Winner: Go Rhino Big Country Truck Accessories, Go Rhino Point of Purchase Display Rack
Runner Up: Quadratec, Inc., Quadratec Merchandising Promo Kit
Runner Up: RaceDeck, RaceDeck Charred Oak Showroom & Garage Flooring

Mobile Electronics Product
Winner: Cedar Electronics – ESCORT/Cobra, ESCORT Redline 360c
Runner Up: AutoMeter, DashLink 2.0 with late model Ford enhanced PIDs
Runner Up: Energizer Holdings, Energizer Arc3 Lithium-iron Phosphate 300Wh, 350W Portable Power Station

Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product
Winner: Warn Industries, Inc., HUB Wireless Receiver & App
Runner Up: ARB 4×4 Accessories, Air Compressor – Pressure Control Unit
Runner Up: Westin/Superwinch, Overland Cargo Rack

Packaging Design
Winner: TS Booster, TS Booster
Runner Up: All-Fit Automotive, All-Fit Rim Trim – V2
Runner Up: AERO Detail Products, AERO SHIELD FLIGHT Ceramic 6 PACK

Performance-Racing Product
Winner: AEM Performance Electronics, PDU-8 Power Distribution Module
Runner Up: Performance Electronics, Dual Channel PE-Wideband O2 Kit
Runner Up: Performance Electronics, PE3-IG8 Ignition Controller

For more information, please visit https://www.sema.org/news/press-releases

SEMA360 New Products Awards Ceremony

1977 Pontiac Trans Am SE Upgrades and Maintenance at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

The black and gold late 1970s Pontiac Trans AM SEs are some of the most recognizable American performance cars of all time. Of course, being the star of a huge Hollywood action film didn’t hurt, but these late 2nd gen Firebird Trans Ams had strong performance to match their movie star good looks.

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